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Michael Brown (University of Melbourne), Chris Fluke (University of Melbourne) and Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
DISCOVERED! X-rays from comet Hyakutake
News story originally written on May 18, 1997
A bit of background
Space scientists have found x-rays when looking at comets. These x-rays are just like the x-rays your doctor uses when looking for a broken bone. They are also like the x-rays your dentist uses to look at your teeth. Well these x-rays can also be used to find the exact location of comets.
The details of the discovery
A satellite from Germany and super computers were used to make this discovery. These x-rays will be tested on the Comet Hale-Bopp with help from a Japanese satellite flying very high in our atmosphere.
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